Right wing hits new low with crass explotation of 9/11
It's been a long day and I'm out of the news loop this week because I'm working. So what's up with this 9/11 "docudrama" bullshit? Could ABC be any more transparent here? They're sending advance copies to every rightwing nut but refusing to send them to the people the program misportrays. I'm taking the rare occassion here to post Think Progress in its entirety but go over and read the links.
ABC Refuses to Provide Copies of Path to 9/11 to Clinton, Albright, BergerWhat kind of joke is this? It's not funny, particularly in light of Americablog's dig into the archives showing the GOP actively blocked Clinton's requests for anti-terror legislation that would allow him to aggressively pursue bin Laden. Unlike Bush, Clinton wanted to do it under the law, not outside of it.
ABC has been aggressively advancing its inaccurate and politically slanted miniseries, “The Path to 9/11,” to the right wing. Big players like Rush Limbaugh have been provided copies, as have obscure right-wing bloggers like Patterico.
But ABC has refused to provide a copy to President Clinton’s office. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger have also requested copies of the film from ABC, and both have been denied. Both Berger and Albright are harshly criticized in the film in scenes that, according to former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, are “180 degrees from what happened.”
Here is an excerpt from Albright’s letter:
While I have requested a copy of the broadcast, I have yet to receive one. I have been informed by some who had been given the right to view the broadcast that the drama depicts scenes that never happened, events that never took place, decisions that were never made and conversations that never occurred; it asserts as fact things that are not fact.
For example, one scene apparently portrays me as refusing to support a missile strike against bin Laden without first alerting the Pakistanis; it further asserts that I notified the Pakistanis of the strike over the objections of our military. Neither of these assertions is true. In fact, the 9/11 commission reports states (page 117), “Since the missiles headed for Afghanistan had had to cross Pakistan, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was sent to meet with Pakistan’s army chief of sspeculated that one or another Pakistani official might have sent a warning to the Taliban or Bin Ladin.”
You can read the full text of Berger’s letter here and Albright’s letter here.
Write ABC and tell them to tell the truth about 9/11.taff to assure him the missiles were not coming from India. Officials in Washington